Ants are known for carrying objects that are many times their size and weight. In fact, they are physically able to lift objects that weigh 10 to 50 times their body weight. In a recent video, however, an ant takes the superpower to new heights, wielding a diamond.
The video, shot inside a jewelry shop, shows the tiny insect making off with the diamond across a desk. The ant carries the precious stone, which in the ant’s hands looks like a giant rock, about a foot or two.
According to a study published in Inside Science, “the neck joint of a common field ant can withstand 5,000 times the ant’s weight. Previously, ants had been photographed carrying dead baby birds, so it was estimated they could carry around 1,000 times their weight. But the new numbers surprised even the researchers.”
“We guessed that the ants could withstand about 1,000 times their weight, so we figured we’d start there,” said Carlos Castro, a mechanical and aerospace engineer at The Ohio State University in Columbus. “Initially we didn’t think this ant had any extreme capabilities, but they surprised us.”
In the case of the diamond-carrying ant, unfortunately, the would-be jewel thief didn't get very far, though he did manage to escape the full weight of the law.
The video, shown on YouTube already has nearly 750K views with some viewers, such as William Cash, commenting, “Imagine explaining to your boss that an ant stole a diamond.” Other shared puns included, “ItaliAnt Job” and “Is it a diam-ant-e?”
Recently, Francisco Boni, an electronics engineer from Brazil, posted an amazing video showing an army of ants making a hanging bridge out of their bodies to attack a wasp’s nest.
Attack of legionary ants (also known as army ants or marabunta) to a wasp honeycomb. Impressive the level of swarm intelligence and collective computation to form that bridge. pic.twitter.com/StvDkmv8x8— Francisco Boni (@boni_bo) August 5, 2018
“When this type of attack happens, the wasps usually escape and the ants do not leave until they’ve completely looted the honeycomb, carrying pupae, larvae, and eggs, as well as some adults who did not manage to escape. They can even build across the water!" Boni said.